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Songs for the Daily Planet
     

Songs for the Daily Planet

by Todd Snider
 
It's ironic that Todd Snider's first radio exposure would come from a song included on his debut as an afterthought and contained as a "hidden" track. "Talking Seattle Grunge-Rock Blues" is reminiscent of early Dylan, hilarious in its satire as a clever dose of good-natured pokes at the industry hype surrounding the Seattle music scene

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It's ironic that Todd Snider's first radio exposure would come from a song included on his debut as an afterthought and contained as a "hidden" track. "Talking Seattle Grunge-Rock Blues" is reminiscent of early Dylan, hilarious in its satire as a clever dose of good-natured pokes at the industry hype surrounding the Seattle music scene (including references to Eddie Vedder and Nirvana). Although he is a very talented songwriter with a keen wit, at times Snider is just a little too consciously contrived for his own good, threatening to reduce his art to novelty. For instance, the extremely countrified "My Generation, Pt. 2" and the Mellencamp-esque "Alright Guy" are very humorous observations, but dangerously close to sounding trite, especially when compared to the seriousness of the chilling "You Think You Know Somebody," which deals with the ramifications of child abuse. A rootsy record that combines country and folk elements with a genuine rock & roll sensibility, Songs for the Daily Planet also features some cutting fretwork by one of Nashville's finest young guitarists, Eddy Shaver, the son of country outlaw Billy Joe Shaver, one of Snider's heroes. Overall a fine introduction to a remarkable voice.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/1994
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0008811106720
catalogNumber:
11067

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Performance Credits

Todd Snider   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Edgar Meyer   Double Bass
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Marshall Chapman   Background Vocals
Doug Lancio   Electric Guitar
Terry McMillan   Percussion
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Peter Hyrka   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Violin,Accordion
Eddy Shaver   Electric Guitar
Michael Utley   Organ,Piano
Tom Littlefield   Background Vocals
Joe Kariencheck   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Joe McLeary   Drums

Technical Credits

Tony Brown   Producer
Lee Groitasch   Engineer
Roger Nichols   Engineer
Brian Tankersley   Engineer
Mike Utley   Producer
Michael Utley   Producer

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